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Hard work lies ahead

Posted on: August 16th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

By Marites N. Sison on August, 15 2016

In the aftermath of the same-sex marriage vote, relationships will need to be rebuiltamong bishops, among dioceses and among members. Photo: lightspring/ Shutterstock

In summing up General Synod’s debate and vote on same-sex marriage last July, Primate Fred Hiltz concluded:

“We have been deeply divided over the solemnizing of same-sex marriage for a very long time. That has not changed.”

So what now?

It would be easy to shrug and say that in time, things will blow over and all shall be well. But while the church will survive this challenge, just as it has overcome others in the past, it will not entirely be without costs.

On the flip side, it would be just as easy to catastrophize the situation and think that the sky is falling. It is not.

The church is, however, facing some tough struggles in the next three years leading up to 2019, when the motion to change the marriage canon to allow for same-sex marriages will be brought again to General Synod for final consideration.

In the aftermath of the same-sex marriage vote, some things stood out:

  • Relationships will need to be rebuilt— among bishops, among dioceses and among members. Deep wounds were inflicted all around, by the words and actions of some. But, as others have noted, as embarrassing and frustrating as it may have been for some, the recount that overturned the rejection of same-sex marriage may have been a saving grace. Both sides got to walk a mile in the other’s shoes, and the hope is that this will lead to reconciliation. U.S. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s words about reconciliation are worth reflecting upon.“Reconciliation is about the hard work of working through our differences, maybe acknowledging them and not changing them, necessarily,” he says.“[It is about] working through our differences honestly and with integrity, and sometimes repenting of where our differences or my differences or yours have actually hurt relationships and not helped the human family.” (See ‘Jesus does not allow us the option of self-righteousness.’ )
  • The House of Bishops will have to find a way out of this morass: There are bishops who have “publicly dissented” from the results of the same-sex marriage vote, and there are others who have said they will now allow clergy to solemnize same-sex weddings in their dioceses ahead of 2019. Canadian Anglicans will be looking closely at how bishops will handle their tensions and overcome mistrust.
  • Many in the church have expressed a desire to remain united and walk together regardless of differences. How will this desire be concretely expressed on the level of parishes and dioceses?
  • There is a growing sentiment that the church will have to seriously consider the question of whether the legislative process is the only way to handle complex issues or whether there are other models that are equally transparent, but less polarizing.
  • Education around church polity is in order. The leadership needs to address lingering questions from the average Anglican in the pew about how decisions are made and where authority lies on different matters affecting the church. For instance, there needs to be greater clarity about why the church had to go through the legislative wringer (and will have to, again, in 2019) if, as the General Synod chancellor told synod, the marriage canon doesn’t really prohibit same-sex marriage.
  • There must be a rigorous process to ensure that votes are accurately counted and recorded.

What is also worth noting is this: As painful and disappointing as it may have been to witness—on the plenary floor or via Live Stream—the bruising exchanges and the sense of exclusion felt by some, Canadian Anglicans ought to remain proud at the continuing transparency of their church. An open meeting allowed the public to see a church that is not afraid of dissent, welcomes a diversity of opinions and makes room for everyone at the table.

The next three years will see periods of struggle for the church, yes. But struggling is a good thing. It is hard and it can get really messy, but it also means that the church is alive, trying to be better. It has been said time and again that struggle, faced positively and honestly, can lead to strength.

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Marites N. Sison

Marites N. Sison

Marites N. Sison is editor of the Anglican Journal.


Anglican Journal News, August 16, 2016

Aboriginal faith coming out of hiding, says Indigenous bishop

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

(L to R): World Forum on Theology and Liberation panelists Nicole O’Bomsawin, Jean-François Roussel, National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald, Fr. Eleazar López Hernandez. Photo: Harvey Shepherd

Montreal  An underground Christian faith existed among Indigenous peoples since the beginning of their contact with arrivals from Europe, Mark MacDonald, the national Indigenous bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada, says.

It survived efforts by the church to suppress it and is re-emerging now, he said August 8 at a conference on theology and liberation attended by about 400 people from around the world. Two other Aboriginal persons made much the same point in a panel discussion at a World Forum on Theology and Liberation, an adjunct of the World Social Forum, which drew about 15,000 people.

Nicole O’Bomsawin, an anthropologist and storyteller from the Abenaki community of Odanak, Que., near the mouth of the St. François River about 25 km east of Sorel-Tracy, said the Roman Catholic church was “my second home” and she later became familiar with the Anglican church, also active in Odanak. O’Bomsawin said that she came to see striking resemblances between Christian and traditional Odanak spirituality and symbols. “I realized that you can understand things by other means, besides just words.”

Fr. Eleazar López Hernandez, a priest-theologian in Mexico working with a Roman Catholic agency that helps Indigenous missions, said the church’s suppression of Aboriginal spirituality has cut humanity in general and cut the church off from the rich potential contribution of people who could be “interlocutors and interpreters of the true God.”

Hernandez said the church is beginning to appreciate the profound significance, to many Aboriginal people, of apparitions to Juan Diego in 1531 by the Virgin Mary, now known as Our Lady of Guadalupe. Diego was an Indigenous peasant, born in Cuahtitlan, a city north of Mexico City, which had been a Chichimeca (Nahua tribe) village in the 14th century. He was canonized a saint by Pope John Paul II in 2002.

Just before the panel discussion, Kevin Ka’nahsohon Deer, faith keeper of the Mohawk Trail Longhouse in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake, across the St. Lawrence River from Montreal, welcomed participants in the forum to traditional Mohawk territory with traditional Mohawk ceremonies.

Missionaries and others working with Indigenous people viewed their ancient form of Christianity as a form of resistance to the missionaries’ civilizing efforts, which became a negation of the older spirituality, MacDonald said. “There has always been an Indigenous form of Christianity. Indigenous cosmology and practice has been present, but underground.”

The situation began to change in the Anglican Church of Canada in the 1970s, with the publication in 1969 of the Hendry Report, which urged the church to establish a new relationship with Indigenous Peoples based on “solidarity, equality and mutual respect.”

Since then, the Anglican church has embarked on steps to heal its relationship with Indigenous people. There were similar changes in other denominations in Canada and the United States.

Hernandez said also said that certain attitudes cut off the dignity and riches of Indigenous spirituality from the church, and negated the social and religious rights of Indigenous people. But today these attitudes are being revised.

For Indigenous Christians, he said, God is not inaccessible.

“He is the heart of the Earth. He is a father; she is a mother.”


About the Author

Harvey Shepherd

Harvey Shepherd

Harvey Shepherd is a freelance journalist in  Montreal.


Anglican Journal News, August 10, 2016

More industry praise heaped on Mission to Seafarers

Posted on: August 4th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

Maritime workers give a thumbs-up for the Mission to Seafarers’ round the clock care and support in over 200 ports in 50 countries worldwide.
Photo Credit: Mission to Seafarers

[ACNS, by Gavin Drake] The global maritime industry’s appreciation of the Anglican agency Mission to Seafarers (MtS) has been demonstrated by its selection for the second time this year as the featured charity of an international maritime event. The MtS was the designated charity of the Posidonia international conference and exhibition in Athens in June; and today it was announced that they will be the featured charity of the Shipbuilding, Machinery and Marine Technology (SMM) trade fair in Hamburg, Germany, next month.

SMM brings together representatives of the maritime industry and experts from all over the world every two years for a trade fair which showcases innovative developments and leading-edge technologies, and for discussions of the industry’s prospects. More than 2,100 exhibitors and around 50,000 visitors are expected to attend SMM, which is the leading international maritime trade fair.

“We are delighted that the Mission to Seafarers will be our featured guest charity in their 160th anniversary year,” SMM’s business director, Claus Ulrich Selbach, said. “The Mission’s work is vital in providing seafarers and their families with round the clock care and support in over 200 ports in 50 countries worldwide.

“Seafarers are the life-blood of the shipping industry. Without their dedication, skill and professionalism at every level, international trade simply could not function. The vast majority of ship owners and crew manning agencies are highly reputable and provide their seafarers with excellent working conditions. We encourage all our friends at SMM 2016 to speak to the Mission and be part of their inspirational story.”

The director of development at MtS, Jos Standerwick, said that they were “extremely grateful” to be designated as the event’s official charity. “Bringing together the world’s thought-leaders and decision-makers in the shipping industry is at the heart of SMM, and they have put together an outstanding and dynamic programme around the key themes of digitalisation, green shipping, maritime security and careers. All of these core subjects have a direct impact on seafarers and their families’ welfare, and the quality of the lives they lead.”

As part of its “official charity” designation, the MtS will have a stand near the exhibition’s central entrance and hope to explain who they are and how they can “motivate and energise” seafarers. The stand “will have plenty of information available for delegates and exhibitors to find out about what we do best, caring for the world’s 1.5 million men and women who crew the merchant fleet.”

Through its presence at SMM Hamburg 2016, the MtS is hoping to persuade some of the world’s biggest shipping and maritime companies to join its partnership projects for team building and corporate social responsibility programmes.


Anglican Communion News Service, Daily update from the ACNS  Thursday 4 August 2016

Refugees turn C of E into fastest growing religious group in Finland

Posted on: August 3rd, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

By Gavin Drake/ACNS on August, 03 2016

Bishop David Hamid with confirmation candidates at St. Nicholas’ Church, Helsinki.
Photo: David Hamid

[ACNS, by Gavin Drake] The Church of England is the fastest growing religious group in Finland, growing by 20 per cent over the past year; the Suffragan Bishop in Europe, the Rt Revd David Hamid, has said. But, writing on his Eurobishop blog, Bishop David explained that much of the growth is the result of the continuing arrivals of refugees – many of whom are Anglican – from Sudan and South Sudan.

“Aid agencies warn that the upsurge of fighting in South Sudan will see the humanitarian crisis affecting millions of civilians worsening, he said. “The Finnish government, working with the UN, continues to offer settlement to Sudanese [and] South Sudanese fleeing the violence and war.”

As a result of the new arrivals, the priest in charge of the White Nile Congregations in Finland, part of the Church of England’s Diocese in Europe, finds his work growing. “Our church is fully engaged in many parts of this Nordic country in providing care, a spiritual home and pastoral accompaniment to the new arrivals,” Bishop David said during a visit to Helsinki where he was confirmed a number of candidates at St Nicholas’ Church.

“The fellowship and joy in the congregation was infectious as the young people renewed their baptismal vows, were chrismated and received the apostolic rite of the laying on of hands,” Bishop David wrote.

“The service was in English, Arabic and Finnish. The priests assisting me were Finnish, Sudanese and Nigerian in origin. Yes, this is the Church of England!”

The cross used at St Nicholas’ Church in Helskinki, proceeding the ministers as they process at the start of the service, was originally used at the Anglican church in St Petersburg.

“The last members of that congregation brought it with them when they fled to Helsinki in 1917 at the outbreak of the revolution in Russia,” Bishop David said. “Thus our congregation in the Finnish capital is reminded week by week that it was founded by refugees.

“Today, St Nicholas’s continues to serve those fleeing for their lives, many of whom come from Sudan and South Sudan.”


Anglican Journal News, August 03, 2016

Archbishop of Canterbury’s New Advisor for Reconciliation

Posted on: August 3rd, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

Sarah Snyder is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s new advisor for reconciliation.

[Lambeth Palace Press Release] The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has announced the appointment of Sarah Snyder as his new advisor for reconciliation. She takes over from Canon David Porter who moved into his new role as chief of staff and strategy to the Archbishop at the beginning of May.

Sarah will take up the role in September. She will be part of the senior team at Lambeth Palace while also being based at Coventry Cathedral, where Archbishop Justin’s reconciliation ministry has been established since its inception. Her role will have a particular emphasis on supporting the Church in contexts of violent conflict or post-conflict and helping the Church to be an agent of reconciliation and conflict-transformation.

A theologian who specialises in Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations, Sarah brings wide-ranging international experience of peace-building and dialogue. She has worked for many years to promote faith-based reconciliation, most recently as director of partnerships with Religions for Peace International, an organisation affiliated to the United Nations. Sarah has also directed the Cambridge International Summer Schools for faith leaders from conflict zones. A trained mediator, she has experience both of working with communities and with senior religious leaders.

Sarah is founding director of the Rose Castle Foundation, an international centre of reconciliation, based in the north of England, offering safe space in which to address misunderstanding of the “other”, particularly those of different religious traditions. Located in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside, it is a peaceful haven in which to transform conflict within and between faith communities, and to train up a generation of leaders equipped as faith-based mediators. It is chaired by the Bishop of Carlisle, James Newcome, and Professor David Ford, and welcomes people of all faith traditions and none.

Sarah also collaborates with St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in the City of London, supporting individuals and communities to work together despite their differences and divisions. St Ethelburga’s is situated in a church destroyed by a bomb in 1993, and is itself a powerful symbol of hope in the midst of conflict.

Speaking about the appointment, Archbishop Justin said: “I am delighted that Sarah Snyder will be my advisor for reconciliation. Sarah brings a wealth of experience and many gifts to the role which will enrich both her reconciliation work and the senior team at Lambeth Palace. I am also grateful for the continued partnership with Coventry Cathedral where my reconciliation ministry will continue to be based. Events in recent weeks remind us that that reconciliation is more of a priority than ever – this is the hope we offer in the good news of Jesus.”


Anglican Communion News Service, Daily update from the Anglican Communion News Service on Wednesday 27 July 2016

New Anglican Centre proposed for Santiago de Compostela

Posted on: July 28th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

Many pilgrims conclude their pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. But now, the Iglesia Española Reformada Episcopal is proposing to build an Anglican Centre in Santiago to enable Protestant pilgrims to share the Eucharist in the city.
Photo Credit: NeilsB / Wikimedia

[ACNS, by Gavin Drake] The Iglesia Española Reformada Episcopal (IERE) – the Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain – is proposing to build an Anglican Centre at Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain; considered by many to be the third holiest pilgrimage site after Jerusalem and Rome. Santiago de Compostela has been a major international destination for pilgrims since at least the ninth century and is said to be the burial site of Jesus’ disciple Saint James.

The new Anglican Centre at the end of the Camino de Santiago – or Way of St James – will cost in the region of $5 million USD (approximately £3.8 million GBP) and the IERE has established a US-based charitable organisation – the American Friends of the Anglican Centre for Santiago de Compostela – with the help of supporters based at Trinity Church, Wall Street, as a means of fund-raising for the new centre. They have already received a grant from the US-based Episcopal Church’s United Thank Offering (UTO) scheme.

“We convened [an] initial meeting [in New York] to explore the viability of building an Anglican Centre in Santiago,” the Revd Spencer Reece, national secretary for the Bishop of Spain, Carlos Lopez-Lozáno, said. “The message seemed clear. We need one! Why? Currently there are more Protestants on the Camino than Catholics.

“However, Spain, being one of the most Catholic countries on earth, there has never been a place for Protestant pilgrims to receive Eucharist when they finish the Camino.

“Furthermore, there are Anglican centres in Jerusalem and Rome, but none in third most holy site on earth: Santiago.”

He added: “This is a big project naturally and one that seeks the help of all corners of the Anglican Communion as well as pilgrims outside the church who want to see a place of healing built in Santiago overseen by our church.”


Anglican Communion News Service, Daily update from the Anglican Communion News Service on Thursday 28 July 2016

Former Archbishop turns tables on William Shakespeare

Posted on: July 28th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

Dr Rowan Williams and William Shakespeare
Photo Credit: Briyyz / Flickr and the National Portrait Gallery

[ACNS, by Gavin Drake] A play written by the former Archbishop of Canterbury and Wales, Rowan Williams, about the “lost years” of celebrated English playwright Williams Shakespeare has opened in a theatre in Wales. Shakeshafte is set in 1581 and depicts Shakespeare as a Roman Catholic at the time of Elizabeth I’s suppression of the “old religion.”

The play is fictional but draws on a creative interpretation of known events.

A review of the play by BBC Online explains that very little documentary evidence can be found for Shakespeare’s existence in his 20s; but that a will unearthed in 1851 shows that a Will Shakeshafte, on the recommendation of a John Cottam, was acting as a schoolmaster for a Catholic family in Houghton Tower, Lancashire. Cottam is said to have been Shakespeare’s last schoolmaster in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The play is based on Rowan Williams’ supposition that William Shakespeare and Will Shakeshafte are the same person.

“Shakespeare knows exactly where he does, and doesn’t, want to go, in matters of church and state,” Rowan Williams said in an interview with the South Wales Echo last year. “He deliberately puts some of his plays right outside the Christian, Tudor/Jacobean framework.

“For instance, King Lear takes place in a pre-Christian Britain. Again, some people argue that Cymbeline is about a rupture with Rome, leading to a reconciliation.

“I think Shakespeare did have a recusant Catholic background. My own hunch though is that he didn’t go to church much.”

The theatre’s publicity for the play says: “It is 1581 and the Protestant queen, Elizabeth I, is half way through her long reign, but not all her people are happy to turn from their Catholic past and obey the Protestant regime.

“Talk of Catholic invasions and assassination of the queen is rife and those of the ‘old religion’ live in fear and ever watchful spies.

“This is the setting for ‘Shakeshafte’ by Rowan Williams when Edmund Campion, a Jesuit priest travelling incognito from one household to another, meets a young Will Shakeshafte who has been hidden at the request of a schoolmaster in Stratford!

“Based on some truth, gossip and rumour, it is an exciting play, full of suspense and drama and Rowan has used his poetical and philosophical gifts to create Will’s depth of thought and feelings about human relationships and to elaborate on the personal choices that he has to make.”

The play is being staged this weekend at the Dylan Thomas Theatre in Swansea, South Wales, as part of commemorations marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Since retiring as Archbishop of Canterbury in December 2012, after 10 years in the post, Rowan Williams has been Master of Magdalene College at Cambridge University. Before becoming Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Williams served as Bishop of Monmouth in the Church of Wales from 1992, becoming Archbishop and Primate of the Province in 2000.


Anglican Communion News Service, Update from  ACNS on Thursday 28 July 2016

Rabbi in Residence for New England cathedral

Posted on: July 27th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

By Gavin Drake/ACNS

Bishop Doug Fisher, Rabbi Mark Dov Shapiro and Canon Tom Callard. Photo: Diocese of Western Massachusetts

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Bishop of Western Massachusetts in the US-based Episcopal Church has appointed a Rabbi in Residence for the diocese’s Christ Church Cathedral. From 1 September, Rabbi Mark Dov Shapiro will take adult education classes and will also “preach periodically in the Sunday liturgy.”

The announcement was made yesterday (Monday) by Bishop Doug Fisher and Canon Tom Callard, the cathedral’s Priest-in-Charge. In addition to preaching and teaching, Bishop Fisher said that Rabbi Shapiro would “offer his wisdom on a host of social justice concerns.”

Speaking to the news website, Rabbi Shapiro said that the new post “offers me and parishioners of the cathedral an opportunity to explore faith and history in ways we have never done before. . . I anticipate a unique opportunity to teach and preach as well as see my own tradition from a new very rich perspective.”

Speaking to the same website, Bishop Fisher explained the thinking behind the appointment: “Christians and Jews share so much – a common father in Abraham, the Hebrew scriptures, belief in a God who is both transcendent and within us, and a common challenge from the Prophets.

“Jesus was Jewish and constantly quoted the Prophets. Rabbi Mark will expand our understanding of both Judaism and Christianity by his preaching and teaching.”

Rabbi Shapiro’s journey to the rabbinic ministry began at home in Toronto, Bishop Fisher said in a statement. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Intellectual History at York University, Mark attended the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati where he was ordained as a rabbi. He earned the Doctor of Divinity degree from the same institution in 2002.


Anglican Journal News, July 27, 2016

Episcopal Divinity School to Cease Granting Degrees at End of 2016-17 Academic Year

Posted on: July 26th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments


Episcopal Divinity School

Cambridge, MA, July 21—Episcopal Divinity School will cease to grant degrees at the end of the upcoming academic year, the seminary’s board of trustees decided today on a 11-4 vote. During the next year, the board will explore options for EDS’s future, some of which were suggested by a specially convened Futures Task Force to make plans for EDS’s future.

“A school that has taken on racism, sexism, heterosexism, and multiple interlocking oppressions is now called to rethink its delivery of theological education in a new and changing world,” said the Very Rev. Gary Hall ’76, chairman of the board, in introducing the resolution. “Ending unsustainable spending is a matter of social justice.”

The options suggested to the task force include merging with another theological seminary, establishing a center for Abrahamic studies, becoming a center for continuing education, fostering lay ministry, and using the seminary’s assets to fund scholarships for seminarians devoted to working on issues of peace and justice.

“It is clear to us that if EDS’s special commitment to working for social justice and the full inclusion of all of God’s people in our common life is to endure, we need to act quickly while the seminary still has sufficient assets to bring to bear in the next phase of its life,” Hall said. “In fact, our commitment to just compensation for all involved was a prime impetus for acting now. Today we have adequate resources for student, faculty, and staff transitions. Given current financial trajectories, five years down the road we would not. We can do it right if we do it now.”

No faculty or staff members will be laid off during the upcoming academic year, and all students, including EDS’s final incoming class, which arrives on campus next month, will be “taught out,” Hall said. “This means that we will contract with another seminary or seminaries to accept our students at full credit and we will make sure that students do not bear the expense of this transition.”

Bonnie Anderson, vice chair of the board and former president of the House of Deputies, characterized the vote as “a sad but hopeful moment.”

“We understand that people will grieve this decision,” said Anderson who received an honorary doctorate from EDS in 2006. “It is the end of a significant phase in the life of a significant institution that has made incredible contributions to the life of our church. But by choosing this course now, we are in a much stronger position to ensure EDS’s legacy.”

EDS, which was formed in 1974, through the merger of the Cambridge-based Episcopal Theological School and the Philadelphia Divinity School, is one of the smallest of the 10 accredited seminaries of The Episcopal Church, and had long faced financial challenges that were depleting its endowment.

“The school is weakened each day by its ongoing deficit—the future mission of the school is losing about $4,380 per day, or $133,000 per month,” wrote Anthony Ruger, former senior research fellow at the Center for the Study of Theological Education at Auburn Theological Seminary in a report to the board in May. “The intermediate and long term viability of EDS as a quality accredited institution is genuinely threatened. The trustees have both the fiduciary and moral responsibility to see that EDS’s mission is perpetuated, sustained, and strengthened.”

EDS’s investments are currently valued at approximately $53 million plus its campus. More than half of the endowment is restricted.

Ruger, an expert on financial sustainability in theological schools, presented numerous models to the board suggesting that even unusual increases in enrollment and fundraising coupled with significant budget cuts were unlikely to provide a long-term solution to EDS’s financial problems, leaving the seminary in a gradually worsening position to find new partners or begin new initiatives.

“We believe there are new, bold and innovative ways for us to forward God’s mission in this new day and context,” Hall said. “We also believe that living into those new opportunities requires that we stop doing some unsustainable things now.”

Debate at the meeting was intense, with Dr. Pamela Conrad, the student representative, and the Rev. Dr. Joan M. Martin, the faculty representative, who have voice, but not vote on the board, pressing the trustees to adopt a longer timeline in making its decision and to provide more details about the possible shape of the ongoing discernment process.

“Justice is never for sale. And justice always operates at a deficit,” Conrad said.

Dennis Stark, the board’s treasurer, said he “enthusiastically” supported the resolution. “We are spending six million a year from our endowment, and 30 percent of that is above a reasonable amount,” Stark said.

The Rev. Francis Fornaro ’96, interim dean and president of EDS, announced after the vote that he would resign in mid-November. “I totally disagree with this resolution,” he said.

Hall said the board would have the details of its teach-out and faculty compensation plans completed no later than the first day of classes, September 7, 2016.

Episcopal Divinity School news e-mail, July 21, 2016

Announcements from the Board of the Montreal Diocesan Theological College

Posted on: July 26th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

The Board of the Montreal Diocesan Theological College is pleased to announce that the Rev. Dr. Karen Egan, our current Director of Studies, has accepted the position of Acting Principal for the school year 2016-17, since the retirement of the Rev. Dr. Donald Boisvert.  Dr. Egan is well positioned to oversee a smooth transition at the college as a new Principal search is underway, and provide our students with a stable environment as they continue their studies.

We are also pleased to announce that the Rev. Dr. Neil Mancor has agreed to a half time appointment as Interim Director of Studies, while maintaining his position of Incumbent at St. George’s, Ste. Anne de Bellevue.  We are fortunate to be able to bring such an able theologian on board at this time, and welcome Neil and the gifts he brings to the college.

We are genuinely excited for the year ahead, and ask the diocese to continue to hold Dio and its students in its prayers, as we seek a new principal to lead our beloved college into the next period of its ministry.


Montreal Diocesan College e-mail, July 21, 2016